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Discover 10 tips to reduce the amount of pollen and allergy symptoms at home

Spring has arrived and with it began the good weather, the longest days and the colorful tones everywhere. However, spring for many is also synonymous with allergies. Those who suffer from allergies are well aware of the discomfort that is faced with a worsening of their symptoms, especially on the hottest, wettest and windy days. Do you want to know how you can rid your house of allergies by driving the pollen away? In today's article we bring 10 tips that will help you reduce the amount of pollen at home and reduce the allergy symptoms that can occur during the pollination season. So you can enjoy spring in the best possible way.

Pollen: why do we have allergies in the spring?

Pollen allergy is caused when our immune system overreacts to its exaggerated presence in the air. Pollen is a substance produced by plants to fertilize other plants of the same species. When pollen is inhaled, the immune system of some people produces antibodies, which mistakenly identify pollen as a harmful substance. The immune system then releases chemical substances, such as histamine, as a reaction to pollen, causing the typical symptoms of pollen allergy, such as:

  • Itchy nose, throat and eyes

  • Stuffy nose

  • frequent sneezing

  • Red and watery eyes

  • Dry cough

The exact causes of pollen allergy are still unknown, but it is believed that genetic and environmental factors can contribute to their development.

Pollen Allergies: Tips to Keep Them Out of the House

Cleaning and airing your home in spring can be a real challenge for people with allergies, but there are some tips that can help make the process easier and less uncomfortable:

  • Keep windows and doors closed during pollination season to prevent pollen from entering your home.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, High Efficiency Particulate Air, to clean the house, including curtains, carpets, upholstery and other items that can accumulate dust and pollen. Vacuum cleaners with these filters remove more than 99.9% of airborne particles: this includes dust, dust mites, mould, pollen and bacteria.

  • Wipe down surfaces in the home, including tables, counters and shelves, with a damp cloth to prevent airborne pollen.

  • Wash bedding, towels and clothes regularly to remove pollen that builds up in the fibres.

  • Consider having an air purifier, with a HEPA filter, to help remove pollen particles from the air.

  • Avoid shaking rugs or other surfaces that could spread pollen into the air.

  • Avoid drying clothes outdoors during the pollination season to prevent pollen from accumulating on your clothes.

  • If you have pets, brush them regularly to remove pollen that may be trapped in their fur.

  • When entering and leaving the house, remove shoes and outer clothing to avoid bringing pollen inside.

  • Take a shower before going to bed, because pollen tends to get stuck in your hair and skin.

How to air the house in the spring

One of the advice given by many specialists at this time of year is to avoid opening the windows at home so that pollen does not enter the house. However, how can you circulate the air indoors in spring? You can air out your home without letting pollen in by following a few simple tips:

  • Check Weather Forecast: Choose a time when pollen levels are at their lowest. Generally, the pollen level is highest in the morning and late afternoon;

  • Open the windows on one side of the house only, to create a directed air current, and not allow the wind to carry pollen into other windows;

  • Use protective screens on windows and doors, such as mosquito nets, to prevent pollen from entering the house.

Remember that house cleaning is essential to reduce exposure to substances that can cause allergies. Put these tips into practice so you can enjoy these spring days with a better quality of life.

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Source: Idealist


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